Skilled leaders can use humor to improve their communication in the moment and the chances it is retained, write Jamie Anderson and Gabor George Burt. Improved creativity is another potential benefit of the stress-relieving benefits of humor in the workplace.
Virginia's Department of Transportation had predicted that dynamic tolls in the new express lanes on Interstate 66 would be about $5 or $6, but last week, drivers paid $34.50 on Monday, $40 on Tuesday, $23 on Wednesday and $20 on Thursday. Henry Grabar suggests that dynamic tolling could be the future of transportation, especially if people aren't willing to increase the gas tax to pay for expensive infrastructure.
The E-ZPass Group has elected Craig Shuey, chief operating officer of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, to be chairman of its executive management committee. Shuey says interoperability is the biggest challenge facing the organization.
North Dakota projects a $66 million revenue shortfall in transportation funding and is considering instituting tolls to make up for the lost revenue. Mileage-based fees and other forms of funding also were discussed at a meeting of the State Financial Committee.
The Illinois Department of Transportation is considering a public-private partnership to add tolled express lanes on 25 miles of Interstate 55. The Illinois General Assembly would have to approve the partnership for the $700 million project; construction could start as soon as 2019.
The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority increased tolls 12% in March, and the agency plans an additional 2.5% increase in January. People in the state don't like paying tolls, but toll revenue is almost the only way new roads will be built, this editorial states.
Around 200 artificial intelligence experts attended a luncheon at Apple recently and learned about Apple's autonomous vehicle program. Discussion focused on how Apple collects and uses data, plus the sensors, lidar, cameras and software it uses for autonomous vehicles.
The California Department of Transportation is studying a road mileage tax and will start to look for a technology partner next year. The state wants to implement point-of-purchase technology, where a vehicle's odometer is read at gas stations or electric-vehicle charging stations.
NJ Transit is expected to approve a $5 million contract for the expansion of the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail system in Jersey City this week. "As Jersey City continues to grow into the largest city in New Jersey, we have worked to ensure that our local transportation systems can sustain and enhance this growth," says Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop.
LG Electronics has unveiled new Long-Term Evolution-based vehicle-to-everything autonomous-vehicle technology. "Based on the latest technology, we will take the lead in the 5G-based V2X technologies required to produce connected vehicles," an LG official said.